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Frankfort woman graduates college after car crash

Frankfort Native Chelsea Fields didn't care about the fact doctors told her she had a three percent chance of walking away. Her story defies all odds.

Posted: May 7, 2019 6:48 PM

KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) - Out of 423 IU Kokomo graduates, one was given less than a three percent chance to walk across the stage Tuesday.

Frankfort Native Chelsea Fields didn't care about the odds. Her story defies them all.

"My cap is basically my testimony and everything that I've been through," said Fields.

After a two week coma, severe neck and brain injuries, Chelsea Fields shouldn't even be walking.

"They say only three percent walk away with the injury I had," said Fields.

A crash in 2012 almost made college graduation impossible.

"They think I hit black ice and slid 89 feet off the road into a line of pine trees," said Fields.

College is hard enough but try doing it with memory loss.

"I lost all my writing skills, I lost all my math skills, I mean, I basically was starting over," said Fields. "My parents said that it was kind of like talking to me like I was a toddler."

But Fields was determined from the second she woke up from her coma.

"I proved all of my doctors wrong," said Fields. "They said I'd be in inpatient rehab after I woke up from my coma for 2-3 months. I was in there one week."

On Tuesday, with tears in her eyes, she graduated college.

"It's so great, so great, I don't even know how to explain it. I just feel so much joy and happiness," said Fields.

She wants other crash victims to hear this story because the road here wasn't easy.

"It's going to be hard, tears, smiles, you're going to go through it all but you can get there," said Fields.

Fields earned her degree in medical imaging, specializing in CT. She already accepted a job in that field of work.

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